New Jaguar gets plenty of growl

18:10, Nov 29 2012
Jaguar's new XFR-S sedan.
Jaguar's new XFR-S sedan.
Jaguar's new XFR-S sedan.
Jaguar's new XFR-S sedan.
Jaguar's new XFR-S sedan.
Jaguar's new XFR-S sedan.
Jaguar's new XFR-S sedan.
Jaguar's new XFR-S sedan.
Jaguar's new XFR-S sedan.
Jaguar's new XFR-S sedan.
Jaguar's new XFR-S sedan.
Jaguar's new XFR-S sedan.
Jaguar's new XFR-S sedan.
Jaguar's new XFR-S sedan.
Jaguar's new XFR-S sedan.
Jaguar's new XFR-S sedan.
Jaguar's new XFR-S sedan.
Jaguar's new XFR-S sedan.
Jaguar's new XFR-S sedan.
Jaguar's new XFR-S sedan.

The biggest cat is out of the cage.

Jaguar has taken the wraps of the XFR-S sedan - the second model in the company's ultra-high performance R-S range following the 2012 XKR-S - at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

Powered by the same five-litre supercharged V8 as the XKR-S, Jaguar claims the 2014 XFR-S is the company's fastest and most powerful sedan ever produced.

The XFR-S will sprint from zero to 100 km/h in 4.6 seconds and on to an electronically limited top track speed of 300 km/h.

This beast will have a roar as well with an exhaust system that replaces the central muffler with an X-piece and near straight-through rear pipes. The combination yields an enhanced exhaust note that "crackles" on deceleration.

It boasts an eight-speed "Quickshift" transmission to help maximize engine recalibration while there is "comprehensive" front and rear suspension updates while Electronic Active Differential and Dynamic Stability Control systems have also been upgraded to enhance handling characteristics.

The XFR-S comes equipped as standard with the Intelligent Stop/Start system, which automatically shuts down the engine when the car comes to a stop and the brake pedal is held. When the brake is released, the system will restart the engine in less time than it takes for the driver's foot to move to the accelerator.

All this will ride on wider 20-inch "Varuna" forged alloy wheels with wider tyres, developed in conjunction with Pirelli, to maximize grip.

There is an extensive use of carbon fibre components - including a Subaru-like rear spoiler - that reduce lift by 68 per cent.

A new, deeper front bumper incorporates larger lower central and side air intakes – the former framed in carbon fibre – in order to provide adequate airflow into the engine bay. Carbon fibre is also used to form the front splitter at the lower edge of the bumper, the first of a number of aerodynamic changes designed to smooth the passage of the car through the air at high track speeds.

The extended side sills and aero blade molding behind the front wheels serve to create a sharp break-off point between the lower bodywork and the road surface in order to keep the airflow attached to the car's sides for as long as possible.

XFR-S customers can choose from five exterior colors: French Racing Blue, Ultimate Black, Stratus Gray, Polaris White and Italian Racing Red.

Exclusive interior materials include carbon leather and contrasting highlight micro-piping and stitching.

* We think it looks pretty cool, but there have been some murmurings on the internet that it resembles a Holden Commodore. Tell us what you think below.

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